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The effective and efficient management of company data in today’s competitive world is critical.

People and information are the two most important assets of any organization, with data growth expected to be around 50% - 80% per year compounded, according to a recent Gartner report.

“Two out of five enterprises that experience a disaster go out of business within five years”. (Gartner)

ITSthe1 can show you how to manage your storage effectively using the very latest disk management software products. We can demonstrate how to improve efficiencies through storage virtualization thereby lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) through the consistent automated management of heterogeneous environments.

Our engineers apply real-world expertise to optimally integrate our storage and content delivery solutions with your business processes. We will ensure that your storage solution fits your needs and performs effectively, even in the most dynamic and complex environments.

Much of the computing power of general servers is wasted in file server operations, which makes it a very poor investment. According to a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University most servers require 25% of available CPU cycles for file I/O. Being a file server has everything to do with the [input/output] data path, not computing power. This means that having the right storage solution improves the performance of the complete file server system.

There are three common type of storage systems available.
  • Direct Attached Storage (DAS):

This is the traditional method of locally attaching storage to servers in which the communication path between the server and storage is dedicated. The direct attached storage system may be just disk drives, a RAID sub-system, or other storage device. The server typically communicates with the storage sub-system using a block interface.

  • Storage Area Network (SAN):

In this method a dedicated storage network is designed specifically to connect storage, backup devices, and servers. This dedicated storage network may be consolidated in a single box or cabinet, or span a large number of systems and geographic locations. A SAN is connected behind the servers and presents a block level interface to the outside. The file system resides in the server.

  • Network Attached Storage (NAS):

Here a storage device is directly connected to a network that presents industry standard network file system interfaces like NFS, and SMB/CIFS over TCP/IP. NAS devices provide a file level interface to the outside, and use a block level interface to either tightly coupled or loosely coupled storage subsystems. The file system resides in the NAS appliance.

Keeping files on a server in a format that is accessible by different users on different types of computers lets users share data and integrate various types of computers on a network. This is a key benefit for NAS systems. Because NAS systems use open, industry standard protocols, dissimilar clients running various operating systems can access the same data. So it does not matter if there are Windows users or UNIX users on the network. Both can utilize the NAS device safely and securely.

NAS products provide many benefits over other disk storage subsystems. Benefits include:
• Lower maintenance costs
• Faster data response times and application speeds
• Higher Availability and Reliability
• Enhanced Migration of existing data

NAS products have found their way into the enterprise as companies look for alternatives to costly and challenging to manage direct-attached storage (DAS). NAS products have also become the perfect complement to highly capable storage area networks (SAN). The integration of NAS and SAN has been a huge development in the networked storage world, offering customers flexible solutions that allow them to stretch their storage dollars.
From a business perspective, it is no longer an either or proposition. Companies and government agencies need the value NAS and SAN bring them. It is critical that businesses consider the value of both as they develop their storage strategies. Their decision to deploy a NAS system, SAN architecture, or consolidated network storage solution should be based on a careful analysis of the requirements and design goals.

This is where ITSthe1 comes in. Our highly qualified technical team will assess your requirements, analyse and implement the most cost effective solution for your needs.

Cluster Solutions

A "Cluster" or "Cluster Solution" is a group of servers managed as a single system to obtain the added benefits of performance, redundancy and scalability. A cluster provides fault tolerance and maximized uptime for the applications that are essential to an enterprise.

In today's 24 x 7 global enterprises, high availability is critical. Few businesses can tolerate extended downtime, and companies that conduct revenue producing transactions across a network can't afford to lose applications or data for even a few seconds. That's why more and more companies are relying on industry standard platforms and advanced systems management tools for higher levels of system availability at a reasonable price.

Clustering can address several issues:

  • High Performance
  • High Availability
  • Scalability

For people who need high performance, instead of buying larger and larger (and very expensive) servers to handle ever more demanding tasks, the power of many cheap computers can be concentrated on solving problems: the computers work smarter (in parallel), not harder. These clusters are called high performance clusters. (And still have availability rates higher than 95%).

High availability is required for companies needing their server or applications be running more than 99.99% of the time. As no single hardware components can be trusted at 100%, backup computers are used to take over in case of failure. The original and backup computers are a high availability cluster.


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